Would these really scare off crows?
Some of our local villages have latched onto the growing craze of scarecrow festivals, and tacked them onto their summer fetes, most of which take place in July, to coincide with the beginning of the summer holidays.
Now you might think these festivals form part of an ancient and revered tradition, with their origins buried deeply in some mystical and mystifying medieval historical landscape. Well, sorry to disappoint you. Their origins go back only 23 years, to the year 1990, when the first was celebrated in the village of Urchfont, on the Salisbury Plain.
Since then, they have sprouted all over the country, and just three miles from my own village, in the village of Spaldwick, these were some of the imaginative exhibits to be found:Find a festival local to where you live, and go and be entertained. You will see some of the finest ephemeral art created by enthusiastic amateurs…………and all in the name of fun and, of course, winning the first prize in the competition!